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Saturday, October 4, 2008

India- Fifteen thousand walk in solidarity with Catholics against the Anti-Christian and other Violence

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides 03/10/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Showing signs of solidarity- 15 000 people of different faiths- Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Sikh and Buddhist, demonstrated their protests at attacks on Christians (02/10/2008)- where leaders of different religions denounced the violence, which seems to fit the description of genocide- occurring in India at present.

Hindu supremacists, responsible for the attacks were condemned at this meeting. The Hindu religious leaders have continually decried these actions so foreign to right morals, and were again present at this march- which fortunately also picked up some political support, with certain politicians present.

The vigil involved prayers in front of a monument to Ghandi- a founding father of the secular Indian Nation, where religious rights were emphasized by leaders. India has a history of harmony emphasized between religions, however BBC yesterday- which finally gave this crisis more airtime, on the raping of a Catholic nun- conducted an interview with a non-denominational organization which claimed that tensions have been rising for decades- with Christians being slandered for that time by many leaders.

It is Catholic schools, homes, churches, and citizens that are hardest hit by this violence that crosses territories, and targets Christians of every creed.

Police negligence has been alleged by Christian sources- who claim that the police are not doing enough to quell violence, and that attacks make it even into refugee camps. Many of those fleeing the violence- having escaped with their lives- face dangers from nature in India's jungles, which have been demonstrated to claim lives. We, based on the news of another organization- particularly reported on the death of Sister Mable on September 30, 2008, who had prior this- lost her life to malaria.

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